Caring, Café & Cottages

Time for some health and wellbeing pampering. I took myself to a quaint Café in the little village of Yungaburra, up on the Atherton Tablelands. I was overdue for some special ‘caring’ me time. I hadn’t been in this little Café before, but it felt  delightful: the glistening white crockery against the mat timber table;…

A Smokin’ Lunch

Platypus, smoked local meats, homemade jams, fresh baked desserts and lily pads across expanses of lakes were an enticing combination for a relaxing midday outing. The Australian Platypus Park and Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre’s outdoor covered dining area had expanded considerably. I was pleased to see that business was doing well, especially their Smokehouse part. Various meats…

Fika, a Swedish Tradition

“Any excuse for a ‘Fika’ is a good one,” according to a sign in a Swedish Café. To ‘Fika’ simply means to meet over a cuppa and something sweet to eat.  In Sweden, it is like a religion, enjoyed several times a day. Fika with friends, co-workers and neighbours is the thing to do in Sweden.…

Hairdressers Make You Feel A Million Dollars

When people leave the hairdressers they feel like a million dollars. To quote Julius Sumner Miller: Why is this so?  Apart from making you look and feel good; they are renowned as exceptionally good listeners. Good Listeners People feel they can talk to their hairdresser because of an unspoken code of ‘client/hairdresser confidentiality’. As hairdressers listen,…